Dog food is not just dog food as many people incorrectly assume. There are vast differences between the brands they choose to scoop into Fido’s favorite dish. Though the federal government has established minimal nutritional guidelines, some manufacturers aim for the rock bottom of those guidelines by adding fillers and artificial ingredients that have actually been known to adversely affect the health of man’s best friend. You may be surprised by which ones made the list of “crap in a sack.”
Purina Beneful Original Formula
It’s all in the marketing. While Purina falsely portrays their Beneful formula as a premium dog food chock full of nutritional bits of goodness, this could not be further from the truth. Beneful has been known to cause skin allergies and rashes, gastrointestinal problems, liver failure, and even death for a number of unfortunate diners. Dogs may not experience any immediate issues, but over time, the effects are similar to a human eating fast food for every meal. Beneful provides little to no health benefits and should be avoided.
Purina Dog Chow
No. No. No. Purina Dog Chow has been allegedly blamed for the deaths of thousands of dogs. It is claimed to be so harmful that a class action lawsuit was filed against the makers of this product. Purina denies the accusations, but a simple online search will quickly reveal an unfathomable number of complaints by disgruntled consumers who have unknowingly fed this “crap in a bag” garbage to their fur babies.
Hill’s Science Diet Adult Dog Food
This one may come as a surprise to many. After all, it’s even recommended by some veterinarians. Some feel this proclaimed scientifically formulated healthy mixture is worth the added expense, but a closer inspection of the ingredients will show they may as well toss their hard earned dollars out the window. Hill’s Science Diet uses the exact same fillers and toxic ingredients as many of the cheaper brands, and their mixture has been associated with several dogs dying from cell carcinoma. Other owners have reported their dog’s getting sick immediately following feeding them this misrepresented “crap in a bag.”
Walmart’s Ol’ Roy Dog Food
If corn, soybean meal, corn syrup, and ground wheat are what you want your dog to eat, look no further, but please be aware these ingredients can, and probably will cause severe problems with allergies and their digestive systems. These are the top listed ingredients in Ol’ Roy. While it may be a favorite choice for the budget minded, they’ll eventually lose any savings in vet bills as their dog’s health slowly declines from a lack of proper nutrition.
Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food
All of Pedigree’s mixtures have fallen under scrutiny, but none more so than this one. Many dog owners have complained of their pet’s vomiting, getting diarrhea, or otherwise not feeling well after digesting a heaping bowl of this rubbish that’s supposed to help them live longer. The main ingredients are ground corn, corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, and of course, animal fat for that scrumptious flavor all dogs crave. In case the animal fat isn’t tasty enough for them, they’ve spruced it up with a host of artificial flavorings and a huge dash of vegetable oil. Pedigree has even admitted to using pig hair in its Kibbles recipe.
Kibbles and Bits Original Formula
“Kibbles and Bits!” “Kibbles and Bits!” Who doesn’t remember a tongue watering dog spouting these words as the food was being generously poured from a bag? Almost as famous as the commercial, yet not as widely advertised, are the number of dog deaths and illnesses this intoxicating formula has caused. This food is nothing more than a sack full of preservatives, to include BHA and sorbic acid. The list of ingredients is difficult to decipher, especially when two of them are simply stated as “animal digest”, and “wheat middlings.” When’s the last time you had a good middling? Avoid this chemically induced garbage at all costs.
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Original Formula
Just like human babies, what goes into a puppies systems early on will have a marked effect on their growth and development. While Iams ProActive is advertised as being “Health Smart”, in today’s terminology this would be considered fake news. Many digestive problems, causing symptoms similar to parasite infestation, have been reported. Similar to other high dollar dog foods claiming to be better for your canine’s health, there is nothing listed in the ingredients to substantiate their blatantly false advertising.
Purina Dog Chow Healthy Morsels Formula
There is nothing healthy for your dog about brewer’s rice, sugar, salt, potassium chloride, dye number Yellow 5, Red 40, or Blue 2. Artificial colorants have been proven to be harmful to humans and animals when consumed regularly, and the other ingredients do little more than fill up a dog’s empty belly with harmful junk you wouldn’t feed to a child, so why feed it to your favorite faithful companion?
Alpo Prime Cuts by Purina
In 2015 Purina was issued a warning by the FDA for not complying with minimum standards during their processing procedures. The food was not being heated to its proper temperature and quality control on the processing line was shoddy at best. Alpo was one of the worst offenders and it was determined there was nothing “prime” about the product at all. Prime Cuts nutritional value is virtually non-existent.
One of the most popular brands on the market, Gravy Train gives your dog that beefy meat flavor they crave. The problem is, there is very little beef in the mixture. A glance at its ingredients reveals the same low-cost non-nutritional fillers found in other cheap dog foods and very little to boost a dog’s health. There has also been concern that Gravy Train beef sticks contain melamine.
Using the standard criteria of what is good for your dog, and what is not so good, the following should always be avoided: Chemical preservatives. Anonymous meat ingredients. Artificial colorings, and generic animal fats. Dog food should have substantial amounts of meat-based proteins, and a fat-to-protein ratio of 75% or lower. Be leery of carbohydrate content and try to keep it modest.
So. Which brand is considered the healthiest dog food available in today’s market? This depends on the type and health of the dog and whether they eat cans or dry, but the general consensus award goes to a not so well-known brand, Acana Regional. Their four lines of dry food contain only natural ingredients that have been designated as healthy for dogs of all ages. Their list of ingredients is extensive, but they include: Deboned beef, deboned pork, deboned lamb, lamb meal, beef meal, pork meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, beef liver, beef fat, catfish meal, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, deboned bison, whole catfish, herring oil, sun-cured alfalfa, natural pork flavor, beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb liver, pork liver, beef kidney, pork kidney, pork cartilage, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, red delicious apples, bartlett pears, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried pork liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rose hips, and juniper berries.
Be careful when selecting which foods are best for your sidekick, and don’t fall prey to false advertisement designed to do nothing else but fill the cash registers of the manufacturers. If you wouldn’t put something in your mouth, why would you feed it to them?